Finger Lakes Woodturners Host Mark Sillay

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular November club meeting on Friday, November 18th, instead of the usual 3rd Thursday meeting date. For November we are hosting our first national turner of the season, Mark Sillay.The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting, which includes the elections for Vice President and Treasurer roles, will commence at 6:30pm. Following the business meeting we will have Mark’s demo.

Friday evening Mark will cover the following items:

WOOD SLICING: How to apply slicing tool techniques to form cleanly sliced beads, coves, flats,
discs and points so that little or no sanding required. Demonstration on pine 2 x 4 material.
Review of basic safety rules, the east west rule, proper tool entry to prevent screw backs,tool
tilts, arcing, use of body and hip motions, etc.

CONVEX GRIND: How to grind a spindle gouge with a parabolic shape and a convex bevel
profile using a wolverine jig and freehand spark trail drawing.

FINAL CUTS WITH NO TEAR OUT:
Side grain bowl cuts inside and out – a demonstration of tool application and grinds.
End grain bowl cuts inside and out – a demonstration of tool application and grinds.
(I use tools and grinds that work for me not always the traditional). I will demonstrate how to
make these grinds.

If there is time, he will also cover the following:

TOOTHPICK TECHNOLOGY: Tenonless joinery for your ornaments and other art. I will
demonstrate how you can make universal finials that can be interchanged on solid, hollow and
irregularly surfaced objects.This is easy fun and you will never have to measure tenons to fit
again.

All of the events with Mark Sillay will be held at the regular FLWT meeting location at the Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning facility.

You can register for the Saturday demonstration, which runs from 9am to about 3:30pm, at a cost of $35. or the Sunday hands on workshop, which runs from 8:30am to about 4pm, at a cost of $65. at the Register for Events link. You can sign up for lunch from Subway for $10 when you arrive for either Saturday or Sunday events, or bring your own lunch.

More information is available about the Saturday Demonstration and the Sunday Workshop

Finger Lakes Woodturners October 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular October club meeting on Thursday, October 20th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

This month we will feature FLWT Members Don DeBolt and Jeffrey Cheramie, and the topic of their presentation is – Windsor Chair Making on the Lathe

Don a Jeff will share general information on building Windsor Chairs and they will detail what sis required to lay out and turning parts for for the chairs on the lathe.  This is a demonstration that we have been waiting for and it give us the opportunity to see how turning is applied to a classic piece of furniture.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see all of your woodturning friends and to learn  some very applicable turning and furniture-related skills…we hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Finger Lakes Woodturners September 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold the first meeting of the 2016-2017 year on Thursday, Sept 15th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

At the September meeting, Dave Gilbert will be demonstrating how to make a vacuum hub for a lathe. The hub is what goes between the spindle and the turned object. A variety of sizes can be readily made with minimal cost. He will demo using PVC decking and PVC plumbing adapters from Lowes or Home Depot.

Once he makes a hub he will show some of the things that he can do with it in terms of turning bowls as well using them to help sand and finish spindles.

Finger Lakes Woodturners May 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular May club meeting on Thursday, May 19th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

This month we will feature FLWT Member Albert Filo, and the topic of his presentation is “Embellishment of Hollow Vessels with an Open Spiral Design and Offset Turning”

Albert will share his methods for laying out the patterns for embellishing Hollow Vessels with an open Spiral Design. This is a very lengthy process so the vessel will be turned prior to the meeting. The lines necessary for the layout of the spiral pattern will also be drawn prior to the meeting due to the need for an indexing system. The entire process will be outlined and methods of cutting and forming the lines will be demonstrated.

The second part of the discussion will center on the topic of Offset Turning. Albert will be discussing the jig he used to turn the geometric patterns used for the offset patterns.

This should be quite a treat to learn a unique embellishment technique.  Spirals of any form are interesting, but on a bowl form they are quite unique. Albert will provide us with all of the knowledge we need to try these on our own.  This is our last club meeting of this season, so don’t miss this opportunity to see all of your woodturning friends and to learn an interesting embellishment technique as well…we hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Finger Lakes Woodturners Host Jamie Donaldson

Finger Lakes Woodturners will host our second national turner of the year, Jamie Donaldson, with a special April club meeting on Friday, April 22. The meeting will be held at the new Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning facility and will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

Jamie will be speaking and demonstrating at a special Friday evening club meeting on April 22nd.  At the meeting, he will present a slideshow about his background, his work, and his teaching experience. Jamie will be glad to take any questions from the audience during his presentation.

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Registration for the Saturday demonstration and Sunday workshop is available now on the Register for Events page. NOTE: at this time the Sunday workshop is full, but we are accepting names on a waiting list in case of cancellations. There is no payment required to add your name to the waiting list for the workshop.

On Saturday April 23, the demonstration begins at 9am, and Jamie will begin with basic bowl turning techniques,  gradually progressing into more advanced techniques, for different types of bowls, and he will demonstrate turning several of his signature winged bowls. This demonstration will cover many aspects of turning bowls and it has been developed to be of interest to turners of all skill levels.  The Saturday demonstration is on $35.  The workshop will be held at the regular FLWT meeting location at the Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning facility.

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On Sunday April 23, we will have a hands-on workshop for up to 10 participants to be held at Staach, Inc., which is located at 250 Cumberland Street in downtown Rochester. During the workshop, Jamie will start the participants with turning a basic bowl from green wood, and then Jamie will show how to turn other types of bowls including a natural edge bowl and a winged bowl. Each participant will be able to work at their one level of comfort and will hopefully explore some new aspects of making bowls during the workshop. We will supply all the necessary blanks and participants should be able to complete 2 or 3 bowls during the workshop. We will not be doing final sanding and finishing, but Jamie will discuss his preferred techniques and materials for sanding and finishing. The Sunday workshop will be more productive for participants who also attend the Saturday demo and the workshop is only an additional $65.

This is your opportunity to get inspired and to learn some new skills to incorporate into your woodturning.  We only have two National turners come to visit each year, so don’t miss this opportunity…we hope to see everyone at the meeting, demonstration and workshop!